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THE AP INTERVIEW-KERRY — Crucial U.N. climate talks next month are likely to fall short of the global target for cutting coal, gas and oil emissions, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry says, after nearly a year of climate diplomacy that helped win deeper cuts from allies but has so far failed to move some of the world’s biggest polluters to act fast enough. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 970 words, photos, video.

PANDEMIC AFRICA-GAMBIA-VACCINATIONS — As health officials in Gambia and across Africa urge women to get COVID-19 vaccines, they’ve confronted hesitancy among those of childbearing age. Although data on gender breakdown of vaccine distribution are lacking globally, experts see a growing number of women in Africa’s poorest countries consistently missing out on vaccines. Officials who already bemoan the inequity of vaccine distribution between rich and poor nations now fear that the stark gender disparity means African women are the least vaccinated population in the world. By Krista Larson and Maria Cheng. SENT: 2,160 words, photos, video. An abridged version of 1,100 words is also available. WITH: PANDEMIC AFRICA-GAMBIA-THE WOMEN — Gambian women’s voices on COVID-19 vaccines: “We are afraid”. SENT: 845 words, photos. WITH: MED-PANDEMIC-VACCINES-WOMEN — “Marginalized”: Women trail men in some vaccine efforts. SENT: 820 words, photos.




CAPITOL BREACH-SUBPOENAS — A congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection sets a vote to recommend criminal contempt charges against former White House aide Steve Bannon after he defied the panel’s subpoena. By Eric Tucker, Mary Clare Jalonick, Jill Colvin and Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

MED-VIRUS-OUTBREAK-MODERNA-BOOSTER — U.S. health advisers said some Americans who received Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago should get a half-dose booster to rev up protection against the coronavirus. By Lauran Neergaard and Matthew Perrone. SENT: 790 words, photo.

NORWAY-BOW AND ARROW ATTACK — Norwegian authorities said the bow-and-arrow rampage by a man who killed five people in a small town appeared to be a terrorist act, a shocking attack in a Scandinavian country where violent crime is rare. Police identified the attacker as Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen who was arrested Wednesday night. By Paal Nordseth, Jan M. Olsen and Mark Lewis. SENT: 715 words, photos, videos. WITH NORWAY-BOW AND ARROW ATTACK-MOURNING — Many Norwegians recall it all too well: politicians, residents and Norway’s royal family together mourning an act of home-grown mass violence in a nation where such tragedies are rare. SENT: 620 words, photos.

CONGRESS-BUDGET — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer warns fellow Democrats they “must put aside our differences” as the party struggles to coalesce around President Joe Biden’s huge but now-scaled-back package of social services and climate change strategies. By Lisa Mascaro. SENT: 890 words, photos. With CONGRESS-VOTING RIGHTS — Senate Democrats will try again to advance a sweeping elections and voting overhaul bill. SENT: 400 words, photo.

LEBANON — Armed clashes erupted in Beirut during a protest organized by the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and its allies against the lead judge probing last year’s blast in the city’s port. At least six people were killed and dozens were wounded in the most protracted and violent street fighting in the city in years, authorities said. By Zeina Karam and Sarah El Deeb. SENT: 905 words, photos.

ROBERT DURST-MURDER TRIAL — New York real estate heir Robert Durst has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for the murder of his best friend more that two decades ago. SENT: 1060 words, photos. Developing.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK — Nurses around the U.S. are getting burned out by the COVID-19 crisis and quitting, yet applications to nursing schools are rising, driven by what educators say are young people who see the global emergency as an opportunity and a challenge. Among them is University of Connecticut sophomore Brianna Monte, a 19-year-old from Mahopac, New York, who had been considering majoring in education but decided on nursing after watching nurses care for her 84-year-grandmother, who was diagnosed last year with COVID-19 and also had cancer. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 1,025 words, photos.




BILL COSBY — A prominent Bill Cosby accuser has filed suit against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey. SENT: 420 words, photos.

BRITAIN-BANKSY-- A work by British street artist Banksy that self-shredded just after it sold in 2018 fetches $25.4 million at another auction, a record for the artist. SENT: 260 words, photos.

AFGHAN PLAYERS EVACUATED — Female soccer players evacuated from Afghanistan to Qatar. SENT: 140 words.

ZIMBABWE-ELEPHANT-KILLS-TOURIST -- A spokesman for Zimbabwe’s national parks says a 71-year old South African tourist was trampled to death by an elephant “in full view” of his son at Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. SENT: 545 words.

LIBERIA-TEEN-HERO — A teenager in Liberia has become a national hero after finding $50,000 on the road and returning it to its rightful owner. SENT: 400 words.

OBIT-STEVEN-DUBOIS — Steven DuBois, an Associated Press reporter who spent two decades sharing Oregon’s biggest news and quirkiest neuroticisms with readers worldwide, died Tuesday after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 53. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

OBIT-GARY PAULSON — Gary Paulsen, celebrated children’s author, dies at 82. SENT: 740 words, photos.




ELECTION 2022-FUNDRAISING — The fundraising committee aiming to help Democrats maintain control of the House says it raised $106.5 million through the end of last month. That narrowly edges the $105 million its Republican counterpart announced collecting. SENT: 460 words, photo.

UNITED STATES-KENYA — President Biden meets with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as the East African leader finds himself facing scrutiny over revelations that he and his family stashed millions of dollars in hidden offshore accounts. SENT: 610 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-GREECE — The United States and Greece sign a deal expanding their defense cooperation agreement to grant U.S. forces broader use of Greek bases, as that nation deals with tensions with neighboring Turkey. SENT: 540 words, photos.

BIDEN-POPE — President Biden is set to meet Pope Francis when he visits the Vatican later this month as part of a five-day swing through Italy and the U.K. for global economic and climate change meetings. SENT: 250 words, photo.

TRUMP-DEPOSITION — Former President Donald Trump is slated to return to New York City to provide a videotaped deposition in a case about his security team’s crackdown on a protest during the early days of his presidential campaign in 2015. SENT: 290 words.

ELECTION-2022-LAXALT — In a western battleground state that could decide which party controls the U.S. Senate, Republican Adam Laxalt has early on targeted those who feel angered and afraid, telling them the stakes of next year’s race against Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto are no less than existential. SENT: 1,090 words, photos.

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT-PROTEST — Protesters hold a sit-in at the Interior Department building in downtown Washington and clash with police as they challenge fossil fuel projects and call for the declaration of a climate emergency. SENT: 450 words, photos.




VIRUS-OUTBREAK-LITIGIOUS-LAWMAKERS — Two politically conservative state legislators have become the go-to team of lawyers in Connecticut for groups seeking to sue the state over hot-button issues amid the coronavirus pandemic. Reps. Doug Dubitsky and Craig Fishbein have filed about a half dozen lawsuits over the school mask mandate and other aspects of the governor’s emergency executive orders. SENT: 815 words, photos.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-AFRICA-UNDETECTED-CASES -- Only one in seven COVID-19 infections in Africa are being detected, meaning the continent’s estimated infection level may be 59 million people, according to a new study by the World Health Organization. SENT: 400 words, photo.

CHINA-WHO — China’s Foreign Ministry warned against what it called possible “political manipulation” of a renewed probe by the World Health Organization into the origins of the coronavirus, while saying it would support the international body’s efforts. SENT: 310 words, photo.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-TREATMENT-MERCK — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will ask its outside experts to review Merck’s pill to treat COVID-19 at a meeting in late November. SENT: 430 words, photo.

VIRUS-OUTBREAK-RUSSIA — Russia recorded the highest daily numbers of coronavirus infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic, a rapidly surging toll that has severely strained the nation’s health care system. SENT: 550 words, photos.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-VIRAL QUESTIONS-MASKS — Health experts say it’s important to find a mask that’s comfortable so you’ll actually wear it as the coronavirus continues to circulate. SENT: 270 words, graphic.




ABORTION-TEXAS — Eighteen states threw new support behind Texas’ ban on most abortions as the Biden administration waited Thursday for a ruling to determine whether the nation’s most restrictive abortion law will be allowed to remain in place. SENT: 425 words, photo.

MOTHER-AND-SON-KILLED — A prominent South Carolina lawyer has been charged with stealing insurance settlements meant for the sons of his late housekeeper, state police said. Alex Murdaugh was arrested at a drug rehab facility in Orlando, Florida, where his attorneys said he has spent the past six weeks since claiming he was shot in the head on the side of a lonely road near his home, authorities said. SENT: 420 words, photo.

CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES — Shifting winds posed new challenges for firefighters battling a blaze in Southern California coastal mountains that threatened ranches and rural homes and kept a major highway shut down for days. SENT: 650 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA OIL SPILL — A Coast Guard official says the amount of crude oil spilled in an offshore pipeline leak in Southern California is believed to be close to about 25,000 gallons — at the low end of earlier estimates. SENT: 500 words, photos.

DAUNTE WRIGHT-OFFICER — Former suburban Minneapolis police officer Kim Potter who has said she meant to use a Taser instead of a handgun when she shot and killed Daunte Wright in April is laying out her potential defenses ahead of her November trial. Her attorneys say they may argue that the death of Wright, a Black motorist, was an innocent accident or an innocent mistake. SENT: 540 words.

DATA BREACH-MISSOURI — Republican Gov. Mike Parson condemned one of Missouri’s largest newspapers for exposing a flaw in a state database that allowed public access to thousands of teachers’ Social Security numbers, even though the paper held off from reporting about the flaw until after the state could fix it. SENT: 740 words.




TAIWAN FIRE — A building fire that raged out of control for hours overnight in a major city in southern Taiwan left 46 people dead and at least 41 others injured, authorities said. SENT: 545 words, photos.

FAREWELL-AFGHANISTAN — Ask almost anyone in the Afghan capital what they want now that the Taliban are in power, and the answer is the same: They want to leave. Some say their life is in danger because of links with the ousted government or with Western organizations. Others say their way of life cannot endure under the hard-line Taliban. Some fear that under them, an already collapsing economy will utterly crash. SENT: 1,120 words, photos.

CHILE-HAITIAN-IMMIGRANTS — More than 100,000 Haitians in Chile are facing a Monday deadline to regularize their immigration status or risk expulsion. And many say recent bureaucratic roadblocks have made that impossible. You need a job to get an identity card, but can’t get an identity card without a job. Tens of thousands of Haitians came to Chile in recent years, fleeing disasters and poverty while taking advantage of relaxed visa rules and a booming economy in Chile. SENT: 735 words, photos.

MEXICO-DISAPPEARED — The government’s registry of Mexico’s missing has grown more than 20% in the past year and now approaches 100,000. Activists and experts see little chance that the violence plaguing Mexico for more than a decade will change anytime soon. SENT: 800 words, photos.

MEXICO-CHILD-CARTEL-RECRUIT — In Mexico, children as young as 10 are being recruited by drug cartels. One teen tells a Mexican nonprofit group he was torturing members of rival cartels for information, killing them and cutting up their bodies or dissolving them in acid before he was framed and later sentenced. SENT: 1,020 words.

UNITED NATIONS-YEMEN — Yemen’s economy is collapsing, its humanitarian crisis is worsening, and the conflict in the Arab world’s poorest nation is growing more violent, the U.N.’s deputy humanitarian chief said. SENT: 800 words, photo.

BRAZIL-DROUGHT — President Jair Bolsonaro last month said hydroelectric dam reservoirs were “at the limit of the limit,” and called for Brazilians to turn off a lamp, take cold showers and stop using elevators when possible. SENT: 330 words, photos.

NIGERIA-ISLAMIC STATE — Nigeria’s military claimed Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in the northeast, is dead. There was no immediate confirmation from the militants. SENT: 310 words, photo.




SCI-ASTEROID-FRENZY — NASA is on an asteroid roll as it gets set to launch a series of spacecraft to visit and even bash some of the solar system’s most enticing rocks. A robotic trailblazer named Lucy is due to blast off Saturday on a 12-year cruise to unexplored swarms of asteroids out near Jupiter. Lucy will zip past a record eight asteroids for scientific study. Then in November, NASA will launch another spacecraft to a double-asteroid closer to home. SENT: 925 words, photos.

MED-WHO-TUBERCULOSIS -- The number of people killed by tuberculosis has risen for the first time in more than a decade, largely because fewer people have got tested and treated as resources have been diverted to fight the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said. SENT: 445 words, photos.




VIRUS OUTBREAK-UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level since the pandemic began, a sign the job market is still improving even as hiring has slowed in the past two months. Unemployment claims dropped 36,000 to 293,000 last week, the second straight drop, the Labor Department said. That’s the smallest number of people to apply for benefits since the week of March 14, 2020, when the pandemic intensified. SENT: 525 words, photos.

DEERE-CONTRACT — More than 10,000 Deere & Co. workers went on strike after “the company failed to present an agreement that met our members’ demands and needs,” The United Auto Workers union says. SENT: 555 words, photo.

TIKTOK-SHOPPING — TikTok, an app best known for dancing videos with 1 billion users worldwide, has also become a shopping phenomenon. National chains, hoping to get TikTok’s mostly young users into its stores, are setting up TikTok sections, reminiscent of “As Seen On TV” stores that sold products hawked on infomercials. SENT: 1,070 words, photos.

MEDIA DIVERSITY-EFFORTS — Despite renewed attention on efforts to diversify hiring in journalism since George Floyd’s killing, the ability to measure real progress is proving elusive. The News Leaders Association says it is extending the deadline for responses to its survey about employment practices at news organizations out of disappointment over how few are willing to reveal whether their staffs are diverse. SENT: 1,200 words.

SOCIAL MEDIA-FAKE REVIEWS-FINES — Federal regulators say they are cracking down on what they’re calling an explosion of businesses’ use of fake reviews and other misleading messages to promote their products and services on social media. SENT: 330 words, photo.




BBN-NLDS-DODGERS-GIANTS —Giants right-hander Logan Webb and the 107-win NL West champions take on the defending World Series champion Dodgers in a winner-take-all Game 5 of the NL Division Series for a spot in the NLCS against the Braves. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos. Starts 9:07 p.m.




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